SUBJECTIVITY AND OBJECTIVITY IN ASSESSMENT
In general assessment can be objective or subjective. Objective assessment
is a form of questioning which has a single or multiple specific correct
answers. Subjective assessment is a form of questioning which may have
more than one current answer (or more than one way of expressing the
There are various types of objective and subjective questions. Objective
question types include true/false multiple choice and multiple-response etc.
Subjective questions include extended-response questions and essays.
Objective assessment is becoming more popular as they are easier to
administer, a large area of subjects/topics can be covered and can be
assessed in small time. In addition the chances of errors on account of
handwriting… etc, are also eliminated.
In objective assessment multiple choice questions are most popular
although true/false, multiple response, fill-in-blanks and matching are also
used in some exams.
In past few years responses of objective assessment are recorded on
machine readable forms and as such results are drawn more quickly and
Recently dramatic increase in usage of Computers and internet has
supported increased use of online assessment using objective questions.
Online testing broadly is an assessment by using information technology.
This generally is also called as e- assessment.
The assessment can be based on a criteria or can be general e.g. without
any specific criteria such as IQ tests.
Most of exams which have specific syllabus assess students based on a
certain criteria where questions are drawn from specific areas (physics,
chemistry, mathematics etc), the questions are of certain type (multiple
choice, multiple response etc) the questions are of a certain level of
difficulty, the questions are to be answered in some given time and there is
a criteria to allocate marks/grade for correct/incorrect responses and
questions not attempted.
1. Read , highlight, and discuss the terms.
2. Complete a Venn Diagram about these two terms.